One of the biggest challenges most people face when making a nutritional lifestyle/mindset shift is the idea of "giving up desserts"...
Well, truth is - that's not an excuse or an obstacle any more - for 2 reasons:
1 - There are so many ways to make incredibly healthy desserts, that not only taste better than "regular" desserts - but also deliver a magnitude of nutrient values that the "other" stuff can't even come close to.
2 - And if you want some of the "really bad" regular desserts - you can still sneak some in here and there, as long as the rest of your fitness and nutrition habits are "in the right zone".
It really all depends on where you're at in regards to your lifetime journey of wellness, and living to the max... more specifically, how far you've evolved.
But - today we focus on reason #1 =>> "so many ways to make incredibly healthy desserts"
First - let me share the story of how I created this delicious masterpiece. If you remember when I shared my Unique Super-Power Coffee Recipe a few months ago in this blog post - the cacao powder I showed is the one I use after replacing the former when it was out of stock.
That former brand had a D-lish looking recipe for natural chocolate mousse on the back. So, I saved the bag, ordered the ingredients from Amazon (see links below via recipe list)... And eventually got around to actually making this mind & body pleaser.
BUT - I did it with a few mild 'Atlas Tweaks' to make it even better for me and you! Below is the version that is guaranteed to knock your socks off. You'll see what I mean when you try it for yourself :-)
We all know - when you have the right tools - it's MUCH easier to get the right results...
So, to make sure I nailed this recipe on the first shot, I bought the Ninja Master Prep (HIGHLY recommended) for food & dessert recipes, just like the one I'm sharing with you today... (you should be able to use an old-school blender - and a decent food processor should do the job too).
- 6 Tbsp Organic Cacao Powder
- 2 Cups Organic Cashews (Raw or Roasted)
- 4 Tbsp Organic Coconut Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Organic Stevia Powder
- 4 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
- ½ tsp Organic Vanilla Bean Powder
- 2 cups Organic Almond Milk
- 1 Heavy Pinch of Sea-SaltStep 1: Blend almond milk and cashews in food processor, or blender, until smooth.
Use rubber spatula or spoon (while motor is ‘off’) to mix evenly - and then blend a bit more for even consistency.
Step 2: Add rest of ingredients and blend on slow speed until mixture becomes silky smooth.
Again - Use rubber spatula or spoon (while motor is ‘off’) to mix evenly - and then blend a bit more for even consistency.
Step 3: Take a secret taste to “make sure it tastes good”. Then refrigerate overnight to have for snack or dessert the next day.
This wouldn't be complete without a few photos...
This is a double batch that Joey Jr (Joe) actually made last week. (I only stepped in to give it the official Atlas Touch - and snap these photos.)
I'm aiming to shoot the video next time I make this amazing dessert... In the meantime, let me know how you like it, after you've had a chance to make it - and let me know if you have any questions, comments or thoughts in the box below...
You know I love hearing from you!
Your trainer for life,
ps - If you like the recipe I've shared with you today, then you'll love what Belinda Benn has put together at www.MostSinfullyHealthyFoods.comThere are 3 main recipe books (all with stunning photos) you'll find there. They are:1 - The Sinfully Healthy Gourmet Cookbook2 - The Sinfully Healthy Cupcakes Cookbook3 - The Sinfully Healthy Christmas Treats and SweetsPPS - and don't forget to share today's recipe post with all your friends, by using the buttons below - or any other way you wish to pass it along. The more you share - the more of these I can create :-)
The #1 oil I always have on hand is... COCONUT OIL
I'll share why in a second. But please know - this is in addition to my long-time staple: extra virgin olive oil (organic) - and a few other unique oils I'll share with you in the future. But for now - some key points on coconut oil...
While J. Carney of 'The Alternative Daily' goes into full and complete details in Coconut Oil Secrets - I'll share some of my own "reasons why" here...
1 - It's an amazing alternative to butter. Don't misunderstand me here though. Butter can still be a healthy part of a well structured nutrition plan. It's when it gets overused, with the wrong foods, in the wrong recipes - and gets consumed FAR TOO MUCH, where it creates problems.
So, when I do want some variety - I simply use coconut oil where I would use butter. On steamed cauliflower, or broccoli - for example.
2 - For roasting carrots and brussel sprouts. Since it is a "high heat" oil - it is perfect for longer cooking periods, such as when roasting. Add some sea-salt and black pepper and you end up with.... YUM!
3 - As a natural, high-strength moisturizer. my hands spend lots of time in the water. Between making salads, rinsing veggies & fruits - and ocean activities - my hands get very dry. So several times a day - and then before bed - I give my hands a good dose of coconut oil, rubbed in thoroughly. It works EXTREMELY well and has a pleasant smell, as well.
Here's a photo of me showing my appreciation of coconut oil:
Here's a photo of my part-time office assistant (and daughter :-), just after her shower, with our big jars of coconut oil:
Here's a close-up of the label:
"Where can I get this specific coconut oil, Joey?"
I knew you'd ask that :-)
If you're a member of Costco - you should be able to get it there as that is where I usually get mine.
And you can always hit the "easy" button and just have Amazon ship it to you via this link.
Of course - aim to get 'organic' - and keep in mind there are more good brands on the market - so depending on which country you live in - your selection may vary.
If coconut oil is new to you, at least give it a try - as it is one more thing you'll be doing to enhance your fitness, strengthen your wellness and improve your quality of life.
If you want to go deeper on the info side of coconut oil - I highly recommend J Carney's, Coconut Oil Secrets.
Any thoughts, comments or stories about coconut oil? If so, I'd love to hear. So PLEASE post below.
Your trainer for life,
As a kid growing up in a traditional Italian household - food was an important part of everyday life... Every meal was sacred.
And my grandparents naturally taught us this - simply by living example.
One day when my Nonna (Grandmother) was making sauce - I was watching her add the spices, etc...
As she held the jar of natural sea-salt and added just the right number of pinches to the sauce - I asked "What is that?She said "sale marino"... (which is sea-salt in Italian).
And I asked why it looks and feels so different from "regular salt" that I'd see in my American friends' houses...
She said;"Sea salt is a gift from the earth. A perfect creation of Mother Nature. When nature gives us something perfect - we shouldn't try to change it for any reason. And that's the problem with regular salt. It's been changed so it's easier and cheaper to make - and because of that we don't get the nutrients we are supposed to - and the food tastes like garbage."
That simple explanation not only resonated for years and years to come... But the older I got the more I realized how right she was.
Sea salt is PERFECT and it tastes worlds better than regular table salt. But, this should be of no surprise - as there are undeniable reasons for this.
Sea salt is the # 1 condiment I can't live without:
- because it's a full spectrum electrolyte
- STRAIGHT FROM NATURE. And yes...
- it adds a flavor to my meals that regular table salt can't even come close too - EVER.
But there's more to this story. See - my favorite brand is Aztec Sea Salt - because the guys who started this little artisan company are PASSIONATE about what they harvest - AND the earth they harvest it from...
They share their story - plus lots of other info you'll be surprised to learn about right here...
Be sure to let them know you heard of them from me - and be sure to spread the word about their mission. These are the kinds of people who will help us make the world a better, more sustainable place.
To give you a deeper view of when/how I add sea-salt into my daily nutrition - here are some photos...
This is a shot of my daily salad. It's never exactly the same - but very similar from day to day... It really just depends on what greens I'm in the mood for - and what fruits I want to add...
This AWESOME salad above has the following in it:
- Chopped Romaine
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
- Aztec Sea-Salt
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Ava Jane's Avocado Oil
Below is s quick shot of me checking out my new Avocado oil as I get the magical salad together. The silver and black bag is my Aztec sea-salt bag
Highly recommended Items to add to your 'Health & Fitness Kitchen' (Note: these are ONLY available in the USA and Canada as of today)1 - - Aztec Sea-Salt2 - - Ava Jane's Avocado OilAs always PLEASE let me know if you have any questions about my recipe, if you want more recipes like this... If the photos are helpful... etc...
Any thoughts or comments on how YOU use sea salt or avocado oil? (feel free to share YOUR recipes in the comment box below... Or anything else that's on your mind - just post below because I'd like to know... :-)
Your trainer for life,
You may remember from past posts that I am not a fan of TV. ...Haven't had one for the last 5-6 years. Didn't miss it - didn't need it... Lots of other things to do...
Most programming is horrible and detrimental to society. And the commercials??? Are you kidding me? Most of them are just unbearable... A terrible reflection of what resonates with society... (I know that is a generalization - but it is still bad).
Anyway - This year I gave in (on a LIMITED basis) simply because me and the kids enjoy watching hockey ( GO NY RANGERS!), soccer - and some good educational shows (TLC, Discovery, Science, The Profit, etc...)...
Again - some of the commercials are so ridiculous I can't even put it into words...
HOWEVER - every now and again - we'll see one that can be considered good. And I want to share one of them with you as I think you'll enjoy it...
Watch it once for a chuckle - then watch it again for a laugh. Good, clean, subtle humor.
Nothing trashy, nothing degrading, nothing to make you shake your head in disgust.
Watch for these:
"Money doesn't spend itself...""Look at my muscle..."I'm curious to know if you thought the clip was funny - or not. Either way is good, we all have our own sense of humor... But I'm still curious to hear your thoughts. Funny - or not? Post your answer below. PLEASE :-)
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!! :-)
Your trainer for life,
I value your opinion - so please share it below after reading what I've decided:
If you've been tuned-in to my last few 'Updates from AtlasVille'... you know I'm planning on opening a new fitness studio (based on my unique methods) by the end of this year. And then a few more in 2016 - and then franchising the model to reach & help as many people as possible..
And If you've only tuned in recently - well, now you know :-)
But I've made a BIG decision in the last few weeks. And here's where I'd love to hear your thoughts.
The new fitness studios
will be for WOMEN ONLY...
I'm HIGHLY Aware of How Many Women AVOID Fitness Centers Because of the Co-Ed Factor
Truth be told, if I was a woman - I'd only want to go to a female-only studio. The co-ed factor would NOT work for me... Would be a HUGE turn-off.
There are several other key reasons which led to this decision. But I'll share those in a future post.
For now - I'D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS on this...
- Do you like it?
- Against it?
- And also, either way - let me know the "why" behind your thoughts...
Your comments mean a LOT to me - so please post below - even if for some crazy reason a voice in your head is saying "Eh, Joey doesn't want my opinion..."